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Resolution would back bill to raise tax ceiling

...paying taxes on the first $20,000 of assessed value in their primary residence. Under SB 122, introduced by Sen. Joe Thomas, D-Fairbanks, municipalities and voters could chose to establish the level anywhere up to $100,000. In a memo...

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Lawmakers like gas pipeline report, but questions emerge

...2011 dollars, the study concluded, and could deliver gas to Interior and Southcentral Alaska by 2019.State Sen. Joe Thomas, D-Fairbanks, said he supports the state taking the initiative in building a pipeline if a planned 48-inch pipeline...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2011-07-18/lawmakers-gas-pipeline-report-questi
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Going heavy: Oil type could be king in future

...technological challenges of developing it can be overcome. "Heavy oil, that's the prize that's left," said Sen. Joe Thomas, D-Fairbanks, one of several legislators keeping a close eye on heavy oil and its potential for Alaska. As the Legislature...

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Bill would raise minimum wage

...Consumer Price Index (CPI). In a sponsor statement, Democratic Party co-sponsors Bill Wielechowski, of Anchorage, Joe Thomas, of Fairbanks, and Kim Elton, of Juneau, said an increase in the minimum wage was needed to help families cover the...

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AP Enterprise: Survey says tough road for oil tax plan

...any other business decision, the Legislature must have a clear idea of what our investment will buy us," said Sen. Joe Thomas, D-Fairbanks. The AP survey went to all 20 senators two months ahead of session, as Parnell continues to call on...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2011-12-03/ap-enterprise-survey-says-tough-road
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Bill would help Alaskans with energy costs

...fiscal note detailing the cost. A $3.7 billion surplus has been projected between this year and next, and Sen. Joe Thomas, the bill's primary sponsor, said a goal is to use about 9 cents of every surplus dollar - "mere pennies" of it...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2012-02-18/bill-would-help-alaskans-with-energy
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Senate looks at education funding: Vocational learning effort amasses support from rural districts

...allocation for high school CTE programs, but it wouldn't remove vocational education from the 20 percent. State Sen. Joe Thomas, D-Fairbanks, one of the co-chairs of the sponsoring committee, said the idea for the bill came from his office...

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Lawmakers disagree on school intervention

...not being heard in the process. Legislators agree that is a problem in need of a fix. A bill commissioned by Sen. Joe Thomas, D-Fairbanks, for the Senate Education Committee, SB194, would affirm local involvement and draw from lessons learned...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2012-02-13/lawmakers-disagree-on-school-interve
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Gov's Roads to Resources project still in the slow lane

...Record of Decision by mid-2013, but Kemp said a conflict could result in this record waiting until late 2014. Sen. Joe Thomas, D-Fairbanks, questioned if this was DOT's and the Department of Natural Resources' "No. 1 project" necessary...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2012-02-25/govs-roads-to-resources-project-stil
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Group supporting Senate bipartisan majority weighs in with campaign spending

...200 on hand as of Friday. Bell reported more than $43,700 on hand, but also debts of nearly $25,400.? Sen. Joe Thomas, D-Fairbanks, raised about $51,400, including $10,000 from the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee, while...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2012-10-09/group-supporting-senate-bipartisan-m
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